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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates debate, sales tax measure divides City Hall, DA reassigns former political rival

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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Monday, Dec. 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the proposed sales tax increase divides City Hall, candidates fundraise during the holidays, and mayoral candidates list their "biggest weaknesses."

A Los Angeles Times editorial urges Angelenos to pay attend to the March 5 election. "Knowing who we as a city are and where we want to go, we can better make demands of those who seek to lead our government," according to the newspaper.

ABC 7 broadcast the first televised debate between the top four mayoral candidates.

KPCC looks at Fred Davis, who plans to spend $2 million to elect Republican Kevin James the next mayor of Los Angeles. If Davis' name is not immediately familiar, his work probably is. "When Davis worked for California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, he portrayed her GOP primary opponent, Tom Campbell, as a demon sheep with blood red eyes roaming a grassy field," reports the station.

New District Attorney Jackie Lacey has reassigned her former rival from a top prosecutorial post, according to the Los Angeles Times. "It's a move backward in my career. This decision is specifically designed to remove me from the courtroom and from access to complex and high-profile litigation," said Alan Jackson.

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel attended The Wrap's Women in Leadership breakfast, reports The Wrap. "In a debate, 55 percent of what people are looking at is your appearance. So in my very first debate, months ago, people said to me, 'Just look good, long strong and don't screw up'," she told the crowd. Also, don't ask her about her hair.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will unveil the first of 53 new continental crosswalks at Fifth and Spring streets at 10 a.m.


1:30 p.m. Board of Airport Commissioners, LAX Administration Building, board room

  • Report on possible divestiture of LA/Ontario Airport


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